Sunday 6 April 2008

The Bank Job

To see The Bank Job last night - albeit some weeks after its release - a much-lauded British crime caper recounting a 1971 bank robbery which rumour suggested was more about keeping some compromising royal snaps from the public glare as it was about emptying the vaults of jewels and cash. Many British films of this sort exude a certain naffness; not in this case. This is an extremely well-crafted caper, with fine performances by Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows and David Suchet and a cracking script by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. The movie pulls together a number of real events and weaves them with a thick coating of supposition to produce a conspiracy theory worthy of Spooks - and the ubiquitous Keeley Hawes has a role too - but with a good period feel. It is a diverting way to spend a couple of hours.

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